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August 28, 2013 at 10:48 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

The 10 Most Anticipated Next-Gen Games for Playstation 4 and Xbox One

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Spawn Point Blog Series

Every day inches us closer and closer to the next step in our console gaming evolution, my gamer brethren. Each moment's passing an exhaled relief from the tension of waiting for worlds fully realized and games immersive to the point of philosophical insanity. There is much to be excited about from the power of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but that power means little when weighed against the experiences that move us. Here is a look at ten of the experiences that have me giddy as a school boy.

Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

Spawned by the ever-burgeoning age of information, Watch Dogs places you at the helm of master hacker/vigilante Aiden Pearce. Ubisoft once again presents us with a protagonist that is both intelligent and lethal, as they have done for near a decade with the Assassin's Creed series.

After watching the trailer and seeing some gameplay, it's safe to say that the fluid mechanics from the AC series are present in a major way. Add a futuristic hacker theme and breathtaking visuals to the already high quality mix and color me excited.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)

After first seeing Black Flag revealed, I felt a bit betrayed. Ubisoft Montreal has always been one of my favorite developers, but the trailer for Black Flag made me feel as though my AC3 experience was nothing more than a beta test.

After a few months of gameplay trailers, I still believe this to be true. That being said, I am no longer that upset about it. The game looks excellent, the protagonist looks and plays infinitely better than Connor, and (hopefully) there won't be as much 'Murrica bashing throughout this one.

Destiny (Bungie)

Bungie changed my life. I was a casual gamer for a majority of my youth, until Halo captured my imagination in a way no other game had. I loved what 343 Industries did with Halo 4, but have been eagerly awaiting Bungie's next genre-bending game.

From what I have seen thus far, the studio that revolutionized the first-person shooter has put all that experience into Destiny. I can not wait to see where they take us.

Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment)

Mechs plus Call of Duty gunplay plus Battlefield destructibility? Um...yes, please. Welcome to Titanfall, good people. From everything we have seen thus far, this game stands poised to change the scope of the high-octane FPS forever.

I am reticent to participate in an online-only format, but if the story Respawn wraps around the multiplayer is any good, we just may be seeing the future template of online FPS gaming in Titanfall.

Tom Clancy's The Division (Ubisoft Massive)

It occurs to me, upon landing on the fourth entry from a Ubisoft developer, that they are frickin' awesome (just in case you hadn't recognized that little morsel of wisdom yet). Everything about The Division is looking fantastic. The gameplay is tight, the graphics are gorgeous, and the second-screen integration seems intelligently done.

I do feel, however, that The Division may just be the Rainbow Six: Patriots that we never got to see. I never heard what officially happened to the game, but if The Division is that result, I am content to let Ubisoft off the hook.

Yes, I may just be a Ubisoft fanboy. You jelly?

Halo 5 (343 Industries)

Yes, that is all we have seen from Halo 5. No, that does not mean it should be excluded from next-gen lists. Halo 4 was an excellent entry into, arguably, the greatest FPS series of all-time, and 343 has already stated it was just the first part of a larger "Reclaimer" story.

If you have kept up with the novels, you understand just how much material the studio is currently working with. If you couple that material with next-gen power, I'd say the future of Halo is bright indeed.

Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE)

Again, nothing has been released on this game, other than the short trailer above, but damn if it does not have me excited! I mean, we're talking about one of the most captivating Star Wars game series around (an obvious second to KOTOR 1 & 2) being developed by the creators of the Battlefield series. That is a recipe for success in my book.

I would like to extend a personal thanks to the staffers at DICE that fought EA for this project. You have my undying thanks (and pocketbook). That being said, do not f*#k it up. This is your only warning.

Battlefield 4 (DICE)

Not much can be said about Battlefield 4 that those who aren't fans of the series will understand. I have always attempted to explain it as a simulated warfare shooter, but that leaves far too much unsaid.

From what we have seen thus far, Battlefield 4 has upped the destructibility and tightened the gunplay. If you know what that means, you are as excited as the rest of us. If you don't, I hope you enjoyed the pretty moving pictures.

Elder Scrolls Online (ZeniMax Online Studios)

Despite my reticence at being forced to pay $15/month to play Elder Scrolls Online, the opportunity to explore all of Tamriel is far too appealing to ignore. I have spent over 350 hours in Skyrim and just started another playthrough (Master Archer). To say I am excited about the opportunity to continue my adventures would be a monolithic understatement.

The largest problem I see coming out of ESO is what race to choose. Bosmer for the win!

Thief (Eidos Montreal)

Thief is yet another reboot that graces this list of manic anticipation. I was a huge fan of the archery mechanics that came out of the original series and have no doubt the basic mechanics will still be present in the reboot.

Eidos Montreal did a fantastic job with their Deus Ex reboot so I have high hopes for their foray into the world of Thief. From the look of things, it will be another solid entry in the stealth genre.

That's all for my list, folks. There are a ton of great experiences being dangled just outside our grasp, if I missed something please let me know in the comment section below.

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  • In this Order for me:
    The Division

    The others look awesome, but I only have so much fundage!

  • Nice capitalization of Order (obviously a PS user and man after mine own heart). I dig where your head's at Kage, but I really think that Watch Dogs should be on that list. Especially since you are a fan of the Creed series.

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